The Real Arcade Pro V3-SA is designed to feel like a chunk ripped from an arcade cabinet (much like the Mad Catz stick is cloned from a Taito cab). It's wider, shorter, shallower than the old RAP sticks. I think the choice to put the stick so close to the buttons is a bad one, I'd rather see some the stick shifted t'wards that vast expanse of empty black space on the left... Perhaps though it plays well. I imagine it must, Hori generally know what they're doing.
It's otherwise a standard stick, with the standard Sanwa parts (I prefer Seimitsu myself):
- JLF-TP-8YT-SK Stick
- OBSF-30 Buttons
There are three other interesting changes:
- The cable can be tucked into a storage compartment from the back side (the storage cover has a notch so it can be closed with the cable hanging out)
- The top hangs over the sides, so you can pick it up more easily.
- It has dual-speed autofire: 10 & 20 shots per second. The old stick had only 20.
The stick is considerably lighter than the old RAP (2.2kg vs 2.6) which makes me suspect it doesn't have as many metal components (top and bottom plates) as the old stick. 400g is a lot of lost weight. Hori's page doesn't mention it.
The days of reasonably priced joysticks are long over, and this one is an unsurprisingly expensive ¥12,800 ($140 USD).